Time is a strange thing. If someone asked you to define time, could you do it? I’m not sure I could. But here are some things that I have observed about time.
When you’re a child you often wish for time to speed up. You want it to go faster to get to that something you are waiting for, like your birthday or Christmas, or even for it to be time to go to the park, or a birthday party. You wish for time to speed up so you will finally be old enough to do something, like go to school or get your driver’s license.
When you become an adult, and particularly a parent, you wish for more time. More time to complete all the chores you have that day, more time to spend with your spouse or children, more time for just doing something for yourself, or more time just to sleep.
Time is elusive and suddenly you wake up one day and realize how quickly time is passing. Wait! Didn’t I just get married? Oh…that was almost 29 years ago. Wasn’t my daughter just born? No…I have four daughters, the oldest is 27 and the youngest is 16! How did time go by so fast? Didn’t we just celebrate Christmas? No, Christmas was almost 4 months ago!
I am reminded of that country song by Kenny Chesney, titled “Don’t Blink”. Here is the chorus:
Just like that you’re six years old and you take a nap and you
Wake up and you’re twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife
You just might miss your babies growing like mine did
Turning into moms and dads next thing you know your better half
Of fifty years is there in bed
And you’re praying God takes you instead
Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster than you think
So don’t blink
Life does seem to pass in a blink. Take the time to slow down (physically at least, since there is no way to slow time) and try to enjoy the time you do have. Don’t spend it on just surviving, spend it on living, and with the people you love because no one know just how much time we do have to spend here on earth.
Most important is spending time building a relationship with God. He is the one who made time, so spend some of your time each day with Him.
And go ahead and blink. If you don’t your eyes will get really dry…not fun. 🙂